Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Free Star Wars Action Figures

Every now and then I find a deal that I just have to share. With 4 boys, 3 of which are star wars fanatics, and a birthday coming up, I just had to post about this find.
Free Star Wars Action Figures After Rabate

....Get 3 FREE Saga Legends Action Figures by mail with the rebate HERE when you purchase any one of the following by March 20th :
Star Wars Blaster, Star Wars Clone Commander Blaster, Star Wars Force Action / Electronic Lightsaber, Star Wars Duel Action Lightsaber, or the Captain Rex Electronic Command Helmet. If you saved your $5/$20 coupon printable from HERE ... this could end up being a great deal for you!! Let me know if you find any of these on clearance...I remember seeing the helmets on clearance at Target but I am sure they are long gone.
Register receipt must be dated 1/25/2010 through 3/20/2010....and must be postmarked by April 3rd, 2010.

Thanks, She Saved

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Reversible Block Keepsake

I have now created an entire box of things that I will need to store somewhere full of Valentine's Day stuff. I have no idea why I have never really made Valentine's stuff before...but I sure have some now. So today I decided to try something for everyday. I was cutting out 12 I am a child of God letter sets for my sister-in-law, she is going to make some blocks for her primary children. As I thought about her idea it evolved into something a little more detailed. So off I went to find a chunk of 2x6 to cut into just the right size. Then I applied mod podge and scrap paper that I ripped and distrested, and then re-mod podged. Next I went after my 4 yr. old little buddy to be my guinea pig. I applied paint to his hand and then placed it onto the block. I figured that if I did not like it I could wipe it right off and try again since I had reapplied the second coat of mod podge. However it worked like a charm the first time.

At this time I decided that I needed something on the other side. And "Families Are Forever" was just the thing.

Here is a close-up of the bow on top, made of fabric and hemp, with an button hot glued to the top.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Burlap Heart Wreath

Have you seen all the gorgeous wreaths out there for Valentine's Day? Well, I wanted them all but...but...but I really only need one. A couple of my favorite are: The Fabric Rose Wreath over at smashed peas and carrots, and the burlap wreath found at Craftaholics Anonymous. There was also an entire heart wrapped in jute but my patience is too limited for that. So I combined them all and this is what I came up with.

I also used the rushing technique I learn at SEW4HOME to gather my burlap. It gives the gathers the curvy "S" look. However, I did not use the bias tape technique I just left my edges raw. I cut my burlap into 3" strips that were 45" long and sewed them together. After I gathered (rushed it) I hot glued it onto a wire coat hanger that I bent into a heart.

More Hugs & Kisses

When I originally went to Hobby Lobby to buy X's and O's this is where my thoughts were leading me. But I also picked up the wooden X's and O's that I made in a previous post. This is what I have so far. I am not sure that I won't add more to them in the future but for now here they are..

These letters are the hollow ones that look like they are made out of kraft paper. I painted them black and white, added rhinestones and stenciled hearts on with glitter. The stencil was made on my cricut using a sheet protector that I cut up. Let me know what you think or suggestions you might have.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What is Love...

Looking for new ways to display photos of the kids. Came up with these little photo stands.

My intentions were to use wire. Looked in my craft boxes - couldn't find it, looked in the garage - no such luck. I know I have some so I'll be asking hubby next if he used it and forgot to put it back where he found it. Anyhow, what I used instead are the little spiral paper clips. I just took the needle nose pliers and held on tight and bent about a 1/2" down. It did take a little bit of gusto.

Let me know what you think.

Be Mine

Thanks to Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations
I now have a "be mine" sign.

Yes, I know mine is almost identical to hers but when
you see something you love why deviate.
And I absolutely Love It!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


To match my heart garland, I just had to have some hugs and kisses.

I bought my X's and O's at Hobby Lobby, they are 5 1/2". Then I added decorative paper with mod podge and then used a distressing pad on the wooden areas not covered by paper.

In order to get them to stand I hot glued a piece of black ribbon on the top and bottom of each pair of XO's. I tried hot gluing together but it just didn't look right. If anyone has a better solution I would love to hear it. For now at least they will lay flat for storage.

Valentine's Day Pillow

Made this adorable Valentine's Day Pillow by following the tutorial at Sew4Home.

Close-up of the ruched heart.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Heart Garland

After seeing and trying so many wonderful crafts, I decided to design one of my own.

Here is how I did it:
First I picked out 6 colors of fabric. I used about 1/4 of a yards for each. I ripped it into 1 1/4" strips and then cut into 6 1/2" pieces. (My garland is about 54" long.)

Next I took 4-ply (#72) jute and tied a knot at one end and then started tying on the fabric strips. The first few will be tied over double the jute to cover the end of the jute. Once I reached close to my desired length, I tied another knot, cut the jute and covered the end the same way.

Then I made my hearts. First I designed them on paper. Once I had my desired shapes, I traced them onto 1/4" wood and cut them out on my Dremel scroll saw. Sanded and applied decorative paper with mod podge. Then I cut around the edges with a blade and sanded the pieces again. Next I applied distressing ink, and then applied a coat of mod podge to seal. Once dry I drilled my holes and tied the hearts onto the garland.

Another picture a little closer up.